Why gmail@isnoop.net is your recovery email address

5 Feb

gmail.pngEach year I receive angry or confused messages from a person who  found gmail@isnoop.net as the recovery email address in their Google account.  This post is intended to explain why. Continue reading

Massive DB Conversions in AWS MySQL RDS

22 Dec

aws logoWe recently had the need to perform a massive DB conversion to move all tables over from a mishmash of encodings to UTF-8. We had many large alters and character conversions to perform. The entire operation was about 24 hours of work, so we couldn’t afford to take the site down during the whole thing.

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Jira + Mysql = Error importing data? Two simple solutions.

24 Sep

Many versions of MySQL will throw a fit if you try to insert four-byte UTF-8 characters. If your find yourself importing a ticketing system into JIRA and run into an error that looks like the one below, there is hope!

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"cd: 1: can’t cd to ~"

2 Apr

Are you seeing messages like the following in your web server’s error logs?

cd: 1: can't cd to ~
cd: 1: can't cd to ~
cd: 1: can't cd to ~
cd: 1: can't cd to ~

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Let’s Both Pretend I Read the Agreement

18 Nov

By clicking the "I Agree" button, I acknowledge that I want this message box to go away and that I don't give a hoot about the rules you're trying to put on my use of something you created.The EULA. It’s an interesting beast. On one hand, software makers have the right to say you cannot decompile their code and resell parts of it on your own. On the other hand, the rights granted to software makers and the limitations placed on end-users are often egregious, ludicrous, contradicting, and at the very least inscrutable.
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When Can I Reuse This Calendar (dot com)

11 Nov

My wife dug up a 2008 calendar still in the shrinkwrap and it got me thinking… When can I reuse this calendar? Well, I had a spare hour and $6.99 to register a domain, so I whipped out this little site:


Now you can go digging through that chest of crap from the 1990s and pull out your favorite cute puppies calendar. In 2010, you can re-use calendars from 1999, 1993, 1982, 1971, 1965, 1954, 1943, and 1937.


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